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The western coast of Scotland and the desolate Hebrides islands are the ancient home of the Murchison family. Their name is derived from the personal name Murchadh, which means sea warrior.The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Mhurchaidh, meaning son of Murchadh;

Murchison Early Origins



The surname Murchison was first found in Inverness, where they held a family seat from very ancient times. They are believed to be descended from Murdoch, a natural son of Angus Mor of Islay of the Clan Donald. In the 12th and 13th centuries the name assumed the Gaelic MacMurchie but with the growing economic need to blend into the mainland the name became anglicized to Murchison.

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Murchison Spelling Variations


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Murchison Spelling Variations



Spelling variations were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. Murchison has appeared in various documents spelled Murchison, Murcheson, Murchieson, Murquhouson, Murquhosoun, Murckison and many more.

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Murchison Early History


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Murchison Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Murchison research. Another 216 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1452, 1541, 1566, and 1685 are included under the topic Early Murchison History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Murchison Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Murchison Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Murchison Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Murchison or a variant listed above include:

Murchison Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Murchison, who arrived in Georgia in 1736

Murchison Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Murchison, aged 34, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Alexander Murchison, who arrived in Jamaica sometime between 1813 and 1825
  • Farguhar Murchison, aged 50, who emigrated to the United States from Glasgow, in 1892

Murchison Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Alexander Murchison, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1909
  • John Murchison, aged 25, who emigrated to America from Dalkirth, Scotland, in 1910
  • John Murchison, aged 28, who landed in America from Renten, Scotland, in 1910
  • David Murchison, aged 23, who settled in America from Paisley, Scotland, in 1911
  • Kenneth Murchison, aged 32, who settled in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Murchison Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. John Murchison U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Keneth Murchison U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 he served in Captain Angus McDonells Company [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Duncan Murchison U.E. who settled in Eastern District, Lancaster [South Glengarry], Ontario c. 1786 he served in the Royal Regiment of New York, married with 2 children [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Duncan Murchison, who came to Lancaster, Ontario, Canada in 1796

Murchison Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Donald and Ann Murchison, who settled in Prince Edward Island in 1803

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Contemporary Notables of the name Murchison (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Murchison (post 1700)



  • William Polk Murchison (1908-1977), American politician, Mayor of Corsicana, Texas, 1969-71
  • William Murchison, American politician, Member of North Carolina State Senate from Cumberland County, 1830
  • V. Ione Murchison, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2000
  • John Smith Murchison (1878-1961), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Corsicana, Texas, 1925-29, 1935-40
  • John M. Murchison, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Fort Worth, Texas, 1859-60
  • Cormack Murchison, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 1940
  • Charles H. Murchison, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1940
  • Alexander Murchison, American politician, Member of North Carolina State Senate from Cumberland County, 1848-49
  • Kenneth MacKenzie Murchison (1872-1938), American architect
  • Loren C Murchison (1898-1979), American double Olympic gold medal winner
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Impavido pectore
Motto Translation: With undaunted heart.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  8. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  9. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
  10. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
  11. ...

The Murchison Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Murchison Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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